Fauci says U.S. in 'active communication' with South African scientists about Covid variant
The U.S. will speak Friday with scientists from South Africa to "get the facts" on the emerging, heavily mutated Covid-19 variant detected there in a small number of samples, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's "New Day." Reviewing South Africa's research will help the U.S. better understand whether the novel B.1.1.529 variant can evade the antibody protection against the virus provided by vaccines and previous infection, Fauci said. Fauci emphasized that the U.S. is in "very active communication" with South African scientists, and is working to get the molecular makeup of the variant in order to conduct lab tests. B.1.1.529 contains even more mutations than the world's most dominant Covid strain, the highly transmissible delta variant. The new variant features roughly 50 mutations according to data presented by the South Africa Department of Health at a media briefing Friday.cnbc.com
Does Labor Day mark the end of vacation season?
Don’t look now, but August is almost over, September arrives this Wednesday, and Labor Day is this weekend. Are you just as excited for Labor Day as you were for Memorial Day? Or does Labor mark the end of the summer and vacation season for you? That’s what we’re discussing on today on What’s the Buzz.
Strike at Canadian border causes massive traffic backup on Michigan freeways
“Unfortunately, this is a very perishable industry. It’s commodity dependent and we have commodities that are sensitive enough that we start seeing diminished quality,” said Bill Loupee. We don’t have time to have trucks to sit at the border for 24-48 hours. It’s just not an option.”
Top Glove hopes to resolve U.S. seizure of its rubber gloves
Malaysia's Top Glove Corp., the world's largest rubber glove maker, said Wednesday it hopes to swiftly end a U.S. ban on its products due to allegations of forced labor after one of its shipment was seized at a U.S. port. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday it had seized a shipment of 3.97 million nitrile disposable gloves from Top Glove worth an estimated $518,000 at Cleveland port, Ohio.news.yahoo.com
Israeli voters poised to send first Reform rabbi to Knesset
Gilad Kariv is poised to make history this month as the first Reform rabbi to win a seat in Israel's parliament. He first encountered Reform Judaism during a high school trip to the United States. He’s at the lectern, wearing a kippah as an Israeli," said Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the Reform movement in the U.S. who has lobbied the Knesset with Kariv, his Israeli counterpart, for nine years. They see Reform Judaism as a threat unlike secularism, said one expert. “Reform Judaism conveys an alternative interpretation of Judaism," said Shmuel Rosner, senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem.
U.S. could start vaccinating young kids in early 2022, Dr. Fauci says
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. The U.S. could begin vaccinating older kids against Covid-19 this fall while elementary-aged children may start getting their shots early next year, White House Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers on Wednesday. "For high school students, it looks like they will be available to get vaccinated in the beginning of the fall, very likely for the fall term," Fauci told lawmakers during a hearing with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Fauci said researchers will likely have enough data on immunizations for younger children — 12 and under — to begin giving them shots in the first quarter of 2022, Fauci said. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's for people ages 18 and older, while Pfizer's vaccine can be used in people as young as 16.cnbc.com
Mexico's ex-oil boss quits; Fuel oil burn to increase
Romero Deschamps will finally be resigning from his symbolic post as a worker at Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex, President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador announced Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ismael Rojas, File)MEXICO CITY – The former leader of Mexico’s oil workers’ union will finally be resigning from his symbolic post as a worker at the state-owned oil company Pemex, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Tuesday. The resignation marks an end to the decades-long career of Carlos Romero Deschamps, once considered one of the most powerful and corrupt figures in Mexico. AdThis week, the beleaguered oil company has reportedly reached a deal with the state-owned electrical power utility to offload stocks of fuel oil that Pemex can't get rid of. The utility will take the heavily polluting fuel oil to burn at power plants, and return natural gas that Pemex cannot produce enough of.
Fauci warns U.S. Covid cases may 'plateau again at an unacceptably high level'
"Which means we might plateau again at an unacceptably high level." White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that Covid-19 cases in the United States may plateau again at a very high level, even as the nation rapidly administers three vaccines. Top U.S. officials, including Fauci, say rolling back restrictions too soon may reverse the downward trajectory in infections and delay the nation's recovery from the pandemic. Last week, Fauci said the Biden administration was taking the emergence of the New York strain "very seriously." He said U.S. officials would need to "keep an eye" on the strain, including the possibility that it could evade the protection of antibody treatments and vaccines.cnbc.com
House panel advances $15 minimum wage as Democrats try to include it in Covid relief bill
A House committee early on Wednesday approved a portion of the Democratic coronavirus relief proposal which includes a $15 per hour minimum wage. However, the minimum wage hike may not survive due to rules governing what lawmakers can put in reconciliation bills. "We're trying to work as well as we can with the [Senate] parliamentarian to get minimum wage to happen," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters on Tuesday. The agency also projected a $15 minimum wage would increase the federal budget deficit by $54 billion over a decade. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has argued the budget effect means "we can clearly raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour under the rules of reconciliation."cnbc.com
Detroit grocery store pays $10K fine for violation of child labor laws
DETROIT – A Detroit grocery store has paid a $10,000 fine for employing several minors in violation of federal child labor laws by allowing them to operate trash compactors and tend to bottle recycling machines. The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division reports Greenfield Market in Detroit allowed workers between the ages of 15 and 17 to operate or tend to the machinery. “Businesses that employ minors must comply with federal laws that protect youth in the workforce.”AdThe Fair Labor Standards Act establishes both hours and occupational standards for minor employees. Children under age 18 may not be employed in any occupation the Secretary of Labor has declared to be hazardous. AdBack in 2019: Nearly 40 Michigan businesses fined for violating wage, child labor laws
Biden talks economic recovery, introduces labor and commerce nominees
Biden talks economic recovery, introduces labor and commerce nominees President-elect Joe Biden held a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware, Friday to introduce his nominees to head the Labor and Commerce Departments. He also spoke about his plans for economic recovery amid the pandemic. Watch his remarks.cbsnews.com
Biden talks economic recovery, introduces labor and commerce nominees
Biden talks economic recovery, introduces labor and commerce nominees President-elect Joe Biden held a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday to introduce his nominees to head the Labor and Commerce Departments. He also spoke about his plans for economic recovery amid the pandemic. Watch his remarks.cbsnews.com
When will the $300 unemployment benefit start? Officials don’t know
More than 20 million Americans are eagerly anticipating a $300 boost to their weekly unemployment benefits. More from Personal Finance:Covid relief bill gives $400 a week to some unemployed workersHow an extra $300 will affect unemployment benefits in your stateSome might not receive a $600 stimulus check this time around. Some state labor officials are also warning of a gap in benefits for millions of workers in unemployment programs set to expire this weekend. Trump adds uncertaintyTiming of the $300 subsidy also hinges on how soon President Donald Trump signs a Covid relief bill into law. For example, the relief bill offers 11 extra weeks of benefits to self-employed and gig workers and people collecting state unemployment insurance.cnbc.com
Department of Justice Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in Department-Supported Social Service Programs
This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in DOJ-supported programs, and it clarifies that religious organizations do not lose their legal protections and rights just because they participate in federal programs and activities. “This joint final rule is another in a long line of steps this Administration has taken to restore and protect religious liberty and ensure equal treatment for people of faith.”This final rule ensures equal treatment for faith-based organizations, consistent with the Constitution and other federal law. It removes requirements in prior regulations that placed unequal burdens on religious organizations, cast unwarranted suspicion on them, and were in tension with their religious liberty rights. The final rule was drafted in response to Executive Order 13831, issued in May 2018. The Agencies considered those comments, modified their regulations to address concerns raised in the comments, and drafted responses included in the final rule.justice.gov
Reports: NHL, NHLPA discuss 56-game regular season with mid-January start date
The NHL and NHLPA are looking at the possibility of starting a 56-game regular season in mid-January 2021, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli. Development: Sources say #NHL shared draft schedules with #NHLPA on Thursday, one including a 56-game regular season for 2021. Drafts were based on Jan. 1 start date, but sides discussed pushing that back (Jan. 15 or 16?). A Jan. 15 start is now being discussed, source says, really no choice given that Jan 1 doesn’t seem realistic at this point. If this new pandemic-shortened season really is going to start in mid-January, the NHL and NHLPA need to finalize something very soon.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. is in a 'bad position' as daily coronavirus cases hit record highs
White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that the United States is in a "bad position" as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge in many parts of the nation. After Memorial Day, new cases began to climb again, surging to about 70,000 cases a day in July before plateauing at around about 40,000 in September. "We should have been way down in baseline and daily cases, and we're not," he said. Fauci's comments came after the U.S. reported its third consecutive record in average daily Covid-19 cases. Fifteen states hit record highs in hospitalizations.cnbc.com
Fauci says public health measures to curb coronavirus spread could dampen flu season
The flu can kill between 12,000 and 61,000 people and hospitalize up to 810,000 people in the U.S. every year, Fauci said. A CDC study published in mid-September found that the flu season in the Southern Hemisphere between April and July was far more subdued compared with previous years. "They had a very, very light flu season," Fauci said, adding that the U.S. could "have the same thing" if people are vaccinated and practice public health measures. Commonly suggested public health measures to curb Covid-19's spread along with a flu vaccine "could substantially reduce influenza incidence and impact" this upcoming season, the researchers said. "Get yourself and your family vaccinated," Fauci said.cnbc.com
CDC director says more than 90% of Americans remain susceptible to the coronavirus
A majority of the U.S. remains susceptible to a coronavirus infection, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers Wednesday. One state said almost a quarter of its residents have had the coronavirus sometime this year, he added. He said the CDC is in the process of a "very large" study that seeks to more precisely determine how widely the virus has spread across the country. Further complicating the herd immunity approach is the matter of how antibodies against the coronavirus behave. Health officials have said there is not enough data yet to indicate that coronavirus antibodies ensure immunity against the virus or to determine how long any protection might last.cnbc.com
Fauci tells Congress the U.S. could have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every American by April
White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Wednesday "it might take some time" for FDA-approved inoculations for Covid-19 to become available because of the "rigorous clinical testing required" to develop a safe and effective vaccine. President Donald Trump has insisted that the U.S. could have a safe and effective vaccine by the end of October and have enough vaccine doses to inoculate every American by April. On Wednesday, Fauci shared a similar timeline for when vaccine doses could be available to all Americans, saying vaccine doses will be rolled out over the coming months and the U.S. should have 700 million doses by April. "In November you'll probably be maybe 50 million doses available. Fauci has previously said there is "no guarantee" that scientists will find a safe and effective vaccine.cnbc.com
Unions threaten work stoppages amid calls for racial justice
Ahead of Labor Day, major U.S. labor unions say they are considering work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amid calls for concrete measures that address racial injustice. Are we in conversation with our members and the national labor movement about how we escalate our tactics to stop fascism and win justice? Martin Luther King Jr. and Rep. John Lewis and was organized by A. Philip Randolph, a Black icon of the labor movement. That connection has only intensified because of the importance of workers of color, particularly African Americans, in the labor movement, Sugrue said.
German government sees smaller economic decline this year
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said he is now predicting a contraction of 5.8% in 2020, rather than the 6.3% he forecast in late April. For next year, the government is predicting 4.4% growth, down from its previous forecast of 5.2%. He added that he hopes this year's GDP figure might turn out slightly better than the new forecast. Germany has been loosening coronavirus restrictions since late April, but a recent increase in new infections has caused concern. The agency said Tuesday it paid out for 5.36 million people in June, the most recent month for which it has figures.
Michigan unemployment claims up 550% over typical week, state says
Unemployment filings spiked in Michigan a week after local businesses laid off staff in response to mass social isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. NBC News reported unemployment websites across the U.S. crashed on Tuesday as people filed claims for benefits. Just this week, 48,000 people in Ohio alone filed unemployment claims in two days, according to Slate.com. Here’s a fact sheet on claiming unemployment benefits in Michigan. Michigan unemployment benefits are determined by previous income and number of dependents.
As election nears, Boris Johnson tries to keep distance from President Trump
For years, Trump has publicly praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose Conservative Party is hoping to win a parliamentary majority in Dec. 12 voting. And the president is an unabashed proponent of Brexit, the planned split with the European Union that Johnson has vowed to bring to fruition. But the last thing Johnson wants during this visit is an open show of support from Trump. The Labor leader last week claimed that a leaked government dossier on preliminary U.S.-British trade discussions pointed to post-Brexit peril for the National Health Service, Britains much-criticized but beloved universal healthcare system. That drew an angry response from the family of one of the victims, who accused the prime minister of exploiting the tragedy for political gain.latimes.com
UAW announces ethics reform while under federal probe
DETROIT – The United Auto Workers union is launching what it calls “widespread ethics reforms” amid a federal investigation into fraud and misuse of funds. Here’s the list of reforms announced Wednesday:The establishment of an Ethics Ombudsman to receive, review and respond to ethics complaints and allegations. The banning of all charitable contributions from UAW joint program centers, vendors, or employers to any charities run or controlled by UAW officials. Finally, UAW will set up an Ethics Hotline to encourage those who may have concerns about or want to report potential ethics violations. DETROIT, MI - JULY 16: United Auto Workers President Gary Jones speaks at the opening of open the 2019 GM-UAW contract talks where the traditional ceremonial handshake takes place on July 16, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.